Red

2015 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Hermitage
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Jeff Leve wrote: 100 points

    November 12, 2018 - Mind-blowing ever sense of the word! This just grabbed my attention from the first, sniff and kept it there after the initial sip. The levels of concentration here are off the hook. The tannins are polished, silky and feel great on the palate. The fruit offers purity, symmetry and sweetness, along with spice, iron, crushed rock, pepper and herbal accents. The finish doesn't let go for at least 60 seconds. You should wait at least 15 years, or more, but this worth the wait, and the cost, f you find and afford it.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Nanda wrote:

    October 27, 2018 - 2015 Northern Rhones Blind: Single blind. Yikes - this was in my bottom 2 or 3 wines of the 15 wines tonight. The oak and toast effect is simply overwhelming. The fruit is marred with vanilla and toast. With time a V.A. note comes about, likely given the ripeness of fruit. No subtlety or Northern Rhone complexity at this time. One can only assume this is akin to tasting a barrel sample and the wine will improve significantly over time. I'm cellaring my case for 10+ years before checking in on a bottle. Low 80s score tonight. Ooof.

    Night 2 Update: The oak has tamed down a bit and the overt toast notes are gone. The wine is still quite fruit-centric and ripe without much subtlety. Perhaps a bit of pepper and meat is starting to emerge.

  • acyso wrote: 88 points

    October 27, 2018 - Most of the 2015 Northern Rhones worth a damn, blind (Chicago, IL): Served single blind. (Bottle 4648.) Amazing what obscuring the label can do. This was high-toned, with some really prickly oak aromas on the nose that no one really enjoyed. There was some really pretty fruit on the palate, but a slightly bitter twist of oak on the back end that I thought wasn't particularly becoming of the rest of the palate. Finishes a touch hot too. Given that sort of in-your-face oak treatment here, I thought that this was the Voge VV. In comparison to my previous note, I'll admit to a bit of egg on the face here. I think the wine might be fine in isolation, but compared to the other wines that have a low oak treatment, this will never show well this young. All this said, am I going off to market to dump my 2015 Chave? Hell no.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • beatles wrote: 95 points

    October 16, 2018 - The great outing (Aalborg, Denmark): Tasted late in the evening, not all senses working as they should, but still, i was surprised to se this so polished and smooth; it is immensely concentrated with black fruit galore, a tight fist in the middle, but is certainly silky and dresses up as well - i remember guessing 2cru Bordeaux when blindtasting 2011 in competition. This is a different animal, yet, none os us guessed Chave.

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  • acyso wrote: 95 points

    April 28, 2018 - No. 4650 has the (mis)fortune of being the first bottle of this opened out of my stash. The nose is immediately brilliant, with a mild note of brine and a powerful whiff of black peppercorn. To underline those classic syrah tones is black fruit that is perfectly ripe. A hint of oak seems to accent all of this, but that oak is judiciously applied and truly serves to augment the nose. The palate is a little tougher to get through, though that is more than forgivable given this wine's youth. Again, the intensity shows. But this is coiled up and burly, with tons of coarse tannin and black fruit. I can find hints of salinity and meat here, but that's mostly just decoration on top of a massive, structural wine. I don't pick up the "Chave tastes like Chave" component, but that may yet emerge with time. This feels like Hermitage to me.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2015
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Jean-Louis Chave
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Hermitage
  • UPC Code 3760046021151

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  • Pending Delivery 302 (13%)
  • In Cellars 1,866 (82%)
  • Consumed 99 (4%)

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